New Evidence Regarding the Dangers of Common NSAIDs

Jul 10th, 2017 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Treatment News Marcus Charuvastra 1 min read

A recent analysis of multiple clinical trials involving different pain medications show that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen, considered as one of the safest drugs in this class, is associated with a significantly increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI). The rapid onset of heightened cardiovascular risk in the first week of NSAID use was prevalent in this study. Within this first…

Nutrient Deficiencies Can Make Pain Worse

Mar 10th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Migraines Dr. Silver 5 min read

The abuse of powerful narcotics/opioids such as prescription pain medications, heroin and morphine, is a serious issue affecting up to 36 million across the globe. Over 2 million people in the US are currently suffering from substance abuse disorders related to narcotics and the consequences are devastating both for those who are addicted and their families. The number of accidental overdose deaths has risen alarmingly…

We Need More Alternative Pain Therapies

Feb 20th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Sleep Dr. Silver 2 min read

Prescription drug use continues to rise at an alarming rate as consumers continue to rely on prescriptions medications. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of all Americans (48.5 percent) have used at least one prescription drug in the past month, a percentage that has grown over the last decade with 22 percent of the population using three or more…

6 Things you Should Know About Gabapentin

Feb 15th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

There are roughly 30 million prescriptions written each year in the United States for the drug gabapentin to treat various chronic pain conditions. Patients sometimes shy away from asking their doctor and pharmacist about the drugs that are prescribed to them, so here are 6 quick facts about gabapentin that are useful for facilitating a discussion between you and your healthcare provider. Gabapentin, sometimes know by its…

New Legislation Restricts Opioid Use

Feb 12th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The State of Massachusetts is poised to pass some of the most aggressive legislation in the country to combat improper use of opioid medications.  In response to the CDC’s report that 1162 people in Massachusetts died as a result of opioid overdose in 2014, the governor and legislature reached a compromise to help control opioid use and reduce the risk of overdose. Patients will be…

The Dangers of Prescription Pain Medications

Feb 3rd, 2016 Chronic Pain Dr. Silver 1 min read

The Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization, reported that in 2013 over 44,000 Americans died as a result of drug overdose. Drug overdoses have been rising since 2009, despite federal and state efforts to better monitor and control use of narcotics and other potentially addictive medications. Over half of these deaths were related to prescription drugs, and in 36 states more people died from…